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Event Calendar
readings & workshops
April 6 - Jun 27

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
July 3 - Dec 30

Dhamma MKE

readings & workshops
October 22 - Dec 31

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

December 8 - Jan 25

To Sight's Limit

December 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

December 23 - Jan 1


special events
January 25 -26

26th Annual Poetry Marathon and Benefit

Small Press


Paperback. Hearts Desire Press (2014).


MANHATTAN LUCK includes four previously uncollected texts from the 70s and early 80s: the poems "For My Sister: Meeting in Air," and "Manhattan Luck," the short collection of poems "Jimmy Valentine," and the play "Anne's White Glove." Alice Notley's book is the first title of Hearts Desire Press, the publishing wing of the Bay Area Public School. MANHATTAN LUCK is published on the occasion of, and as a fundraiser for, "Alette in Oakland: A Symposium on the Work of Alice Notley."

About the Author

Alice Notley (born 8 November 1945) is an American poet. She was born in Bisbee, Arizona and grew up in Needles, California. She received a B.A from Barnard College in 1967 and an M.F.A. from the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa in 1969. She married poet Ted Berrigan in 1972, with whom she was active in the Chicago poetry scene and with whom she had two sons. In the early 70s she became rooted in New York's Lower East Side, where she was an important force from 1976 through 1992. After Berrigan died in 1983, Notley raised their two sons in New York's East Village by herself for several years while continuing to develop her poetry. In 1992 she moved to Paris with her second husband, the British poet Douglas Oliver (1937-2000). She lives in Paris currently, making several trips to the United States each year to give readings and teach writing classes. She is the author of over twenty five books of poetry. Recent titles include REASON AND OTHER WOMEN (Chax Press, 2010), NEGATIVITY'S KISS (Presses Universitaires de Rouen, 2014), MANHATTAN LUCK (Hearts Desire Press, 2014), and BENEDICTION (Letter Machine Editions, 2015).